Arkansas business accepts donations for victims of house fire

Local business helps family affected by fire
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
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(Source: Tasha Hawkins)
(Source: Tasha Hawkins)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Hawkins family of Harrisburg might be without their home, but they aren't without love and support of the Region 8 community.

"I don't know how to describe it," Tasha Hawkins said. "It's overwhelming."

A fire destroyed their home Sunday night.

"There was a grease fire in the kitchen, and we thought we put it out," Hawkins said. "So we left and went to a friend's because the house was filled up with smoke, and we opened some windows."

When they came back two hours later to get clothes for the night, they learned the fire had rekindled.

"We could see the smoke, but we live in the middle of fields so I thought maybe, I was hoping and praying it was a field on fire," Hawkins said. "But as we got closer, we could tell, it wasn't a field, it was the house."

Hawkins said all firefighters could do at that point was contain the fire.

The home was a total loss.

To help the family of five, Hawkins' sister-in-law asked her boss at Chicken City in Conway if she could set up a sign and donation bin for clothing.

"She called asking could they just put up one in the Conway location, and then Karen was great enough to say 'we'll just do one in all of them,'" Hawkins said.

Chicken City will also use their delivery trucks to bring the donated items to Jonesboro, the closest location the Hawkins family, while they go on their normal delivery routes.

Hawkins said she's overwhelmed with the amount of support her family has received.

"Even people that we see that are struggling, that are struggling worse than even we are now, they are contacting me and wanting to help out, and I get chills," Hawkins said.

Especially since Hawkins said they are a family always trying to help others out.

However, she said this tragedy will help them continue assisting others.

Anything they receive in excess, they plan to turn around and give to someone else in need.

Chicken City has locations in Jonesboro, Searcy, Brinkley, White Hall, Marion, Conway, and North Little Rock.

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